(1-21-22) Be sure to check out the article by Matthew A. Werner, Richard J. Penlesky – Indiana basketball lives A Deep Dive into the History, Facts & Fiction of Class Basketball

According to Werner –

The results will shock many Hoosiers.

Why did the IHSAA move to four Class basketball after many successful years with a single-class title?

On January 10th, 2012 former IHSAA Executive Director Bobby Cox posted this statement –

And while the nostalgic emails that are frequently circulated do an outstanding job of glorifying the past, is there any among us who would actually trade the performance, dependability and gas mileage of our present vehicle for that of a ’57 Desoto or my beloved ’74 Ford Pinto?  Would we rather use a dial telephone instead of a smart phone?  Would we choose to listen to music from our 8-Track players instead of a CD or iPod?

It was nearly 58 years ago, March 1954, when tiny Milan defeated powerhouse Muncie Central in an Indiana high school state championship basketball game that has launched successful business careers, inspired the production of world famous motion pictures, and contributed mightily to the folklore of our great state.   That historic game is part of our heritage, and we enthusiastically embrace it.

However, in 1996 approximately two-thirds of the state’s high school principals in Indiana voted—not just once, but twice—in favor of class sports.  They were acknowledging what high school administrators in 47 states had already come to realize—specifically, that large schools enjoy a significant competitive, and fundamentally unfair, advantage over their smaller counterparts. …

In large part, the mission of the IHSAA is to maintain a level playing field so that every student-athlete who chooses to participate has a fair and equal chance to succeed.    This has become an increasingly challenging task given all the changes in education that are taking place in our state, and we still have much to accomplish.  A continued debate rages with regard to public vs. private school competition among many patrons.  Our organization continues to study this dynamic and proposals to address these issues will appear on the agenda of the annual meeting of the IHSAA Board of Directors this spring.

IHSAA State Boys Basketball Champions – Since Classes Were Introduced

Did you know…

While single class tournament basketball will not be returning, one old-time tradition continues to live in Indiana. Hoosier tournaments do not seed teams and use a blind draw to determine brackets.